Monday, 19 May 2008

The panicle of the London Season

Chelsea is upon us again; undoubtedly my favourite signifier of the London Season. This year marks the return of Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Lady Lennox-Boyd is a veteran landscape designer of thirty years, a five-time Chelsea gold medalist, and is arguably one of Britain's best garden designers.

The Daily Telegraph Garden by Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Roman by birth and English by design. She has a wonderful understanding of the need for structure, which she softens and enlivens with an assured use of colour and planting.

Gresgarth Hall, the Lennox-Boyd's country house in Cumbria.

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An Aesthete's Lament said...

Very happy-making, HOBAC. Lady L-B is pretty swell indeed. The Daily Telegraph Garden has a bit of Russell Page feeling to it, I think.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

AL - now that you mention it, much of AL-B's work is like Pages'. A wonderful sense of quiet grandeur.

Pigtown-Design said...

There was the most amazing gardening show on BBC a few years ago which followed garden designers as they planned and planted for Chelsea.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

That being said, the ascent to Gresgarth Hall is fit for an Edwardian musical comedy, don't you think, perhaps a revival designed by Cecil Beaton? I am nonetheless envious by the spectacular blooms; I can barely coax an iris out of the ground.